How can I make Windows Media Player play avi files?

george June 25, 2010
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I used to be able to play avi files on my Windows Media Player, but now I can’t. It says it doesn’t support those files or it doesn’t have the codecs for them. What do I need to do?

  1. iSearch
    June 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Get K-Lite Codec Pack

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Some AVI container movies include audio that's readable by WMP, but some don't so maybe that's why you can't play them in WMP now. Getting K-Lite ensures you can play pretty much all AVI files in WMP. Read more about K-Lite and where to download it for free here.

  2. Jack Cola
    June 26, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Or you can install VLC to play all the file types that Windows Media Player doesn't play http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    That's what I do

  3. Anonymous
    June 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    AVI files are usually compressed with a non-Microsoft codec; the appropriate codec must be on your computer for the Player to play the file.

    Get it here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0079.mspx#431